I graduated high school nine years ago. The highest math I took then was Algebra II, as I had little interest then. After a seven year career, I was able to go back to school and have made it to Calculus I this semester. I struggled some in college algebra, finding out that there were fundamental things here and there I had either forgotten entirely or just never learned. Trigonometry was a neat semester, but I got a little discouraged again, realizing how much geometry I had forgotten. Now I'm in Calculus I, and the use of Algebra is ramping back up. I have gotten by OK so far, but every assignment I find myself having to dig out old algebra and even arithmetic books to learn fundamental rules and methods. This worries me since I'm working towards a Mechanical Engineering degree, which is going to be very math intensive. Does anyone have thoughts or suggestions? Should I try something else or will it get better if I keep returning to basic material to learn something I need to get through what I'm working on currently? I (now) have a true interest in learning mathematics, but it gets discouraging sometimes with how spotted my overall knowledge of it is.